Before the new year, we missed that the Blue Jays signed Travis Shaw to a little risk-free, one-year deal in free agency. Obviously the Blue Jays have their share of hitters, but Shaw will add a degree of interest to a Jays’ team that should be able to thump a bit. Keep in mind that Justin Smoak signed with Shaw’s old team, the Milwaukee Brewers; prior to him signing with Toronto.
Recently, Shaw went on SiriusXM MLB Network Radio to talk about what it’s like to hit at Rogers Center in Toronto. Without a doubt, the Ohio product Shaw thinks it will help his production.
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) December 31, 2019
After listening to that, Shaw sounds pretty excited. Here’s the just of what he says about Rogers.
“I always saw the ball extremely well there [at Rogers Center]. Obviously the ball flies, so that’s a positive. You can’t ignore it. The AL East is a good hitters’ division for lefties. You get rewarded to left-center with doubles. Really the whole division is a good division to hit in for left-handed hitters. Obviously this ballpark can help me put up pretty good numbers if I’m healthy. Obviously I’m not complaining at all.”
Without question, the Rogers Center has five decks for a reason. Now, Shaw’s versatility and power should make Toronto just a hair more fun. Certainly he’s not part of the long-term plans into the next decade, but he should be a nice middle of the order option in 2020 if he can stay healthy, and rebound to his old form.